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Barry Clement Queen 

Belmont, North Carolina

Barry Clement Queen, 78 passed away unexpectedly on October 15, 2021. He was born January 19, 1943 in Gaston County, North Carolina, a son of the late Carl Queen and Lucille Pack Queen.
Barry was a 1961 graduate of Belmont High School and proud veteran of the U. S. Air Force.  He retired from R. L. Stowe Mills after many years of faithful service then worked with Victory Chevrolet as a lead driver.  Barry was a Godly man who served actively within his church home.  He was a very  loving husband and father and was proud of his beautiful grandchildren.  He will be missed greatly by his wife of nearly 30 years Rita Wright Queen; son Craig Queen and his wife Kellie of Belmont; stepson Darin Little and his wife Selena of Belmont; step daughter Tracey Reynolds and husband Wes of Greenville, SC; grandchildren Blake, Greyson and Asheton Queen, Carley and Taylor Reyolds; sister Judy Coile.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Denise Sackinger.        
A service celebrating Barry’s life was held at Ranlo Baptist Church, 1:00 pm, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 with Rev. James Land  officiating.  The family received friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ranlo Baptist Church, 1517 Spencer Mountain Road, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolence messages may be sent online at mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Queen family.
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MSgt. Foy
Cunningham,
USAF (Ret.)

Belmont, North Carolina

MSgt. Foy Cunningham, USAF (Ret.) age 90, passed away October 8, 2021.  He was born June 8, 1931 in Gaston County, the son of the late Fred Edgar and Elizabeth Wiggins Cunningham.
 Foy proudly served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired after over twenty years of faithful service. His military expertise was in communications.  He earned a top-secret security clearance, and was involved in numerous high-profile matters of national security.  He met and married the love of his life while serving in Taiwan and they raised their family while traveling the world.  He and his wife and family owned and operated Carey’s Seafood of Mount Holly during the seventies and eighties.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Carey Chien Cunningham of the home; daughter Julie Hartsell and husband Jody of Weddington, NC; sons Jeffrey Cunningham and wife Kimberly of Belmont, Joseph Cunningham and wife Suzanne of Belmont, Fred Cunningham and wife Robin of Palm Beach, FL; step daughters Hsiao Feng Chi and husband Han-Chor Lau of Taipei, Taiwan, Annie Chi-Sheaffer and husband William of Bend, OR; grandchildren Zach Hartsell, Haley Hartsell, Alex (Erin) Hartsell, Nicholas Hartsell, Matthew (McKenzie) Cunningham, Adam (Vy) Cunningham, Katelin Cunningham, Sebastian Cunningham; great grandchildren Emilia, Cruz and Hayes Cunningham.  He is also survived by his brother Robert Cunningham of Mississippi.  He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Cunningham and sisters Edna Cherry and Tudy Baucom.
He was an incredibly devoted and loving husband and father.  Nothing was more important to him than his family.  He was always there to provide love, support, and advice to his family whenever they needed it most.  He is irreplaceable, and will be sorely missed.
Services with Military Honors will be private to the family.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, www.support.wounded warriorproject.org .
Condolence messages may be sent online at mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Cunningham family.
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Jessica Leigh Brown

Jessica Leigh Brown, 38, of Belmont, NC, passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
She was born September 22, 1982, in Gaston Co, NC, daughter of Michael Brown and Karen Loyd.
Jessica is preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert Loyd and Gene Loyd; and uncles, Donald Brown and Christopher Thompson.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, Mackenzie Leigh Brown, Aaliyah Cheyenne Sox, Braydyn Michael Johnson, Brantley Robert Bryant Brown and Oakley Mae Bryant; siblings, Sonja White (Nathan), Joshua Brown, Sarah Brown, Kerri Brown, Marissa Brown and Heather Brown; uncle, Larry Brown; aunt, Jennifer Ford; granddaughter, Kizzea Mexico; and grandmother, Joelan Thompson.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.
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Jill Grigg Hargett

BELMONT - Jill Grigg Hargett, 59, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021. She was born in Charlotte on November 17, 1961, the daughter of Loretta Mincey Grigg and the late Bobby Carroll Grigg, Sr. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Grigg, Jr. Jill enjoyed playing bingo, drawing, and horseback riding. She had the biggest heart in the world and was a skilled artist. Her life revolved around her family and her grandchildren meant everything to her. She will be remembered as a very loving and caring wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother.
In addition to her mother, Jill is survived by her husband of 33 years, Timothy D. Hargett; children, Lacey Brooke Lynch, Hayley E. Hargett, and S. Chance Hargett; sister, Jennifer Grigg Jackson; grandchildren, Kainen, Kalie, Julius, Skylar, Whisper, Chaos, Hadley; Sommer, Luke, and Baylor; Aunt Dot, and Aunt Barbara.
A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7:00 PM, at Benson Funeral & Cremation Services of Mount Holly, with Rev. Jerry Pennington officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, prior to the service.
Online condolences may be made at www.BensonFuneralServices.com
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Gage Cooper Robinson 
 

Belmont, North Carolina

Gage Cooper Robinson, 27, passed away at home on September 10, 2021.
He was born in Charlotte, a son of Jerald “Boo” and Marsha Souther Robinson. Gage loved playing video games and his guitar. A historian and Star Wars aficionado, Gage also liked NASCAR and Formula One Racing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his cat “Jack” and his special “South Point Family”.
In addition to his parents, Boo and Marsha, he is survived by his brother Abe McGill Robinson; grandmother Tony Ann Souther; special aunt Sabrina Kinsland.
He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Sam “Doc” Robinson, and Graden Souther.
A service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite cat rescue charity.
Condolence messages may be sent online at mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Robinson family.
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Nancy Pritchard Moore

Nancy Pritchard Moore, 76, of Mt. Holly passed away August 14, 2021 at Stanley Total Living Living Center.  She was born on July 27, 1945 to the late Raymond and Betty Ross Pritchard.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Tony M. Moore and brothers, Johnny, Tommy, Mickey, and Andy Pritchard.  Nancy loved everyone; especially her family and grandchildren.  She loved cooking for her family when she was able.  She also enjoyed all kinds of flowers.  Nancy will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her children; David Moore, Bobby Blackman and wife Monnie, and Penny Self and husband Terry; sisters, Donna “Jill” Pritchard and Jerry Cowart; grandchildren, Amber, Dillon, Bobby, Aaron, Faith, and Maddie; and great grandchildren, D.J. and Layla.  The family would also like to recognize and extend a special thank you to her longtime friend and caretaker, Linda Jones.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Nancy was held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church, 101 Beaty Rd., Belmont, NC 28012 with Rev. Joe Harding and Pastor Ronald Lee, Jr. officiating. Visitation was held from 12:30 p.m - 2:00 p.m. also at the church. Interment immediately followed the services at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Mt. Holly.
 Benson Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family.
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Joy Lee Bagwell Weaver

Umatilla, Florida

Mrs. Joy Lee Bagwell Weaver, 81 of Umatilla, FL passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Born in Belmont, NC on April 10, 1940 and was the daughter of the late Paul and Lela Garrett Bagwell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Robert Weaver and her daughter, Cheryl O’Berry.
She was an elementary school teacher at Altoona School and Spring Creek Elementary. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Umatilla and served as an Elder for many years.
Joy was a graduate of Belmont High School, Class of 1958.
She is survived by her son: Paul (Jennifer) Weaver; grandchildren: Evelyn Weaver, Brittany, Matthew and Nathan O’Berry, and son-in-law: Sean O’Berry and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive family and friends from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 20, 2021 at Christ Church (Formerly East Belmont Presbyterian Church), 901 East Catawba Street, Belmont with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 20, 2021 with Pastor Ray Krontorad and Rev. Ron Watts officiating.
Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with the Releasing of the Doves.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to: Christian Education Fund, c/o First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 407, Umatilla, Florida 32784.
Online condolences may be made at: www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, NC (704) 864-5144 is serving the Weaver family.
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James Oliver Pendleton

James Oliver Pendleton, 93, of Hickory, passed away peacefully at his residence, Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
 He was born June 9, 1928, in Cramerton, NC, to the late James Franklin Pendleton and Margaret Oliver.  Jim was a long-time member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Hickory and retired from sales in the furniture industry.  He enjoyed golfing, vacations with his family, early morning walks on the beach and then sit at the water’s edge in the late afternoon, having hamburgers and hot dogs for his birthday dinner, and, most importantly, being with his family.  He especially loved meeting and talking to people, never meeting a stranger.  He knew people all over town and after retirement his day would start by making the rounds to five or six places to say hello.
Jim, aka “Corky” in his younger days, played high school sports and excelled in both football and basketball for Cramerton High School.  After graduating from high school, Jim attended Belmont Abby College in Gastonia.  He then joined the US Army and was stationed in Germany in the early fifties where he had the opportunity to visit several countries.  He loved the culture and the scenery but, most of all, he loved the food.  Jim always had plenty of stories to share.  He met the love of his life, Martha Cornelia (Connie) Owens after he returned home from the service while she was teaching in nearby Paws Creek.  They were married April 15, 1954 and had 2 daughters.  After living in Kinston, NC for a short time where their first daughter, Beverly, was born they moved to Hickory where their 2nd daughter, Sherree, was born and called it home for over 60 years.
Jim passionately worked through St. Luke’s with the Hickory Soup Kitchen, raising money and collecting food.  He was also a huge advocate for the staff and their hard work.  He petitioned for advancement and pay raises that were granted.  From his hard work and commitment to the Soup Kitchen, he was asked to serve on the board which he gladly accepted.   He served on the board for many years before finally retiring in December 2016.
Jim’s favorite past-time was golf.  He played for over 40 years and shared his love of the game with his three grandsons, Loren, Matt and Kyle.  He started some at an early age and would have clubs cut down to fit their small size.  He gave them starter sets, bought clubs and shoes throughout the years, gave instructions and took them to the golf course as often as possible.  They also spent a lot of time at their favorite golf shop, D&S Golf.  Jim had many great memories of time spent on the course with these three boys, his friends in Hickory and his long-time friend, Al Hoke.  Jim and Al would always have a friendly competition and wager going on that led to many fun stories around the dinner table.   His grandsons cherish their time spent with him and shared Jim’s passion for golf.  Loren and Matt played on the Hickory High School golf team and won State Championships in their respective years.  They had a great teacher in their grandad!  They all continue to play and enjoy golf today.
 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 64 years, Connie Pendleton, his brother Gerald and sister Joretta.
Those left to cherish his memories of loving husband, father and grandfather are daughters Beverly Ballard and husband Sid of Hickory and Sherree Harris of Hickory; grandchildren, Loren Harris, Matt Harris and wife Caiti of Charlotte, Kortney Munday Coulter and husband Ryan of Newton, Kyle Munday and wife Melissa of Hickory; great-grandchildren, Rylan Coulter, Raegan Coulter and baby boy Munday to arrive in November.
A Memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held Sunday, August 22, at 5:00pm at St. Luke’s UMC.  The family will receive friends following the service in the church parlor.
The family wants to give special thanks to his caregivers that stayed by his side for the past 3 ½ years:  Shelly Cox, Abigail Argueta, Hellen Argueta, and Ada Galeano.  Also, a special thanks to the wonderful nurses and care he received recently from Carolina Caring, especially Marqueritte.
Memorials may be made to the St. Luke’s UMC Memorial Garden Fund or The Hickory Soup Kitchen.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Pendleton family and on-line condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.
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Tommy Ledford

Thomas Dwight “Tommy” Ledford of Shelby, NC went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
Tommy was born January 11, 1941 in Shelby, NC. He was the son of the late Thurman B. and Bertha Waters Ledford. Tommy was preceded in death by his wife Betty J. Mode Ledford and his first wife Gerrydine Honeycutt Ledford; brothers: Willie, Bob, James, Dennis and sister Shirley.
He is survived by two sons: Greg Ledford of Kings Mountain, NC and Don Ledford and wife Jennifer of Cliffside, NC; step-daughters: Robin Kiser and husband John of Boiling Springs, NC and Beth Cabaniss of Shelby, NC and sister Lib Lovelace and husband Fred.  He is also survived by grandchildren: Dr. Stephanie Kiser of Boston, MA and Matt Kiser and wife Abby of Statesville, NC and his great-grandchildren Corban Kiser and Callie Kiser.
Tommy was an avid hunter and enjoyed wildlife of all types, his farm and farm animals. He also loved his constant canine companions: Maddie Grace and Chance.
Tommy was a life-long resident of Cleveland County and retired as a Lieutenant from the Cleve-land County Sheriff’s Office. He was a Mason for over fifty years and a member of Friendship Lodge No. 388 in Boiling Springs, NC, and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Shelby. The family would like to thank Hospice Cleveland County and especially his favorite nurse and friend Cristol Barlow.
A funeral service was held on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Black. officiating. Visitation was prior to the service at the church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.  The church is located at  198 Pleasant Ridge Church Rd., Shelby, NC 28152.
 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Height Dr., Shelby, NC 28150.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com.
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Jack L. Rhyne

Jack L. Rhyne, 86, went to his heavenly home on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Robin Johnson Hospice House in Gastonia, NC. He was the son of the late James A. and Parvelle Loftin Rhyne. A Belmont native and resident for most of his life, Jack graduated from Belmont High School in 1953 and attended Gardner Webb University. Jack loved his small town of Belmont and was elected Mayor in 1963, youngest in the United States at that time. After serving as Belmont Mayor for three terms, Jack was elected to the NC  House of Representatives for two terms and then to the NC Senate for two terms. While holding political office, Jack ran The Coffee Shop in downtown Belmont and then worked for Radiator Specialty Company in Charlotte for over twenty years as Vice President of Administration.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his first wife of 61 years, Sue Wallace Rhyne, his son, Robin Wallace Rhyne, Sr. and his wife Kimberly and their infant son Hunter, daughter Susan Rhyne Cooney, and two brothers: James Rhyne and Donald Rhyne.
Jack is survived by his loving wife, Donna Miller Adkins Rhyne, his son John M. Rhyne, Sr. (Kathy), son-in-law, John T. Cooney, grandchildren; Alana Rhyne Butler (Wes), Katie Rhyne Gillespie (Matt), Robin W. Rhyne, Jr., Emily S. Rhyne, John Marshall Rhyne, Jr., and Zachary T. Cooney; brothers and sister:  Richard Rhyne (Teldia), Ronnie Rhyne (Robin) and Connie Rhyne Atkins (Chris). Upon his marriage to Donna, Jack expanded his family with stepchildren, Thomas “Shug” Adkins (Cindy), LeAnne Adkins Johnson (Jeff), Nickie Adkins Lawing (Joe), Amy Adkins Davis (Bryson). Jack is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and step great-grandchildren.
A current member of Carson Memorial Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC, Jack was also a former long-time member of Unity Baptist Church, Belmont, NC where he held several positions.
A one-of-a-kind storyteller, Jack was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was most happy when hosting family gatherings where he recited hilarious and touching family stories…often with unique components. He never met a stranger and made many friends in all the towns where he lived. Jack’s large presence and oft told stories will be greatly missed.
The family received friends at Unity Baptist Church, 1005 East Catawba Street, Belmont, NC, on Sunday, June 6, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. immediately followed by funeral service at 4:00 p.m. with Pastors Joe Lawing and Chris Wilson officiating.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery with Bryson Davis officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Belmont Community Organization (BCO), 91 Catawba Street, Belmont, NC, 28012 or to Unity Baptist Church, 1005 East Catawba Street, Belmont, NC, 28012, or to Robin Johnson Hospice House, C/O Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is in charge of services.
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Frances Louise Finger

Frances Louise Finger, 97, formerly of Mt. Holly, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2021 at North Hampton Convalescent Center, Hampton, Virginia. Frances was born August 13, 1923 in Mt. Holly to John Lester Finger and Mollie Cline Finger. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Ray L. Finger, and sister, Marie F. Bryant.
Frances was an active member of Mt. Holly First United Methodist Church for 90 years before moving to Virginia. She had a 35-year career with Southern Bell Telephone Co., held offices in the National Secretaries Association and was a member of the NC Telephone Company Pioneers.
Frances had a sweet, caring spirit and was the affectionate aunt to 3 generations of family members who loved her dearly, fondly referring to her as “Francie Lou”. She is survived by her niece, Nina Rae Finger McCoy and husband, Ron; her great niece, Molly Bransford (Eric) & children Carter & William; her great nephew, John McCoy (Christy) & children Madison & Evie.
Our family thanks the staff at Harmony Memory Care, North Hampton Convalescent Center and Virginia Health Hospice for the care they provided Frances in her last years. Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Holly First United Methodist Church, 140 North Main St., Mt. Holly, NC or a charity of your choice. A graveside service in honor of Frances’ life will take place at 1:00 pm on June 4, 2021 at Pineview Cemetery, Mt. Holly, NC.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.woodlawnfuneral.org. Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is caring for Ms. Finger’s family.
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Joann Long Winters

(April 22, 2021 Issue)

Belmont, NC – Joann Long Winters, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Brookdale at Robinwood, Gastonia with her loving family by her side.  She was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1934 and is the daughter of the late Earl and Helen Long.
Joann was an employee of School Specialities in Belmont for many years.  Her passions in life were her love of her family, husband, son and his wife and especially her grandchildren.  She loved to cook, work cross word puzzles, read and brag about her lovely grandchildren.
She is a member of Park Street United Methodist, Belmont.
Joann is survived by her loving son, William “Bill” Winters and wife Shawna; two loving grandchildren, Will Winters, Madelyn Winters.
The family will receive family and friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home with a Celebration  Of Life Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021 in the Chapel of Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home with Mr. Richard Keller officiating.
Inurnment will be private and at a later date.
Mrs. Winters was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 47 years, Jack Ray Winters; brother, Fred Long.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Park Street United Methodist Church, 120 Park Street, Belmont, North Carolina 28012 or Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054.
 Online condolences may be made at: www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, NC (704) 864-5144 is serving the Winters family.
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Larry “Poss” Garrett

(April 22, 2021 Issue)

Charlotte - Larry “Poss” Garrett, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House, Huntersville with his loving family by his side.  Larry was born in Gaston County on August 7, 1938 and is the son of the late Bertram and Mae Rayfield Garrett.
Larry grew up in Belmont and was the oldest of 9 children.  He was a graduate of Belmont High School, Class of 1958, graduate of Kings College and Biscayne Business College with a Business and Management Degree.  Larry retired as Terminal Manager with Shulman Air Freight Company.
He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Korea and France.  Larry was an active member of Second Baptist Church, Mt. Holly.  He was a Christian and was ready to go home.
“Poss” as he was affectionately known as a young man growing up in Belmont, was a true friend to everyone he met.  He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.  He will truly be missed by so many. “He loved family, animals and life”.
Larry is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Glenda Bishop Garrett; three loving sons, Larry Garrett, Jr., Ian Maurice Garrett and wife Debbie, Todd Garrett and wife Sherrie and his “Special Pets”, Amos Moses and Allie Mae; five loving sisters, Brenda Robinson and husband Max, Sarah Garrett, Darlene Garrett Fitzgerald, Jeannette Graham, Teresa Garrett Pahutski (Greg); seven loving granddaughters, LeeAnn Garrett Koerber (Zack), Laura Garrett Esquerra, Kayla Garrett Bullard (Daniel), Ashley Garrett, Paige Garrett Jackson (Cody), Erika Garrett, Taylor Garrett; five great granddaughters; five great grandsons.
The family will receive family and friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Second Baptist Church, 740 Rankin Avenue, Mt. Holly, North Carolina with a Celebration of Life Memorial Service to follow at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Second Baptist Church with Rev. Roger Overton and Rev. Ron Watts officiating.  Military Honors will be provided by the North Carolina National Guard and the Gaston County Honor Guard prior to the Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m.
Inurnment will be private and at a later date.
Due to the Covid Pandemic, Masks and Social Distancing Is Required.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; son, William Mark Garrett; two sisters, Vicki Garrett Kelly, Lynda Mae Garrett; one brother, Jerry Wayne Garrett.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials are requested to be made to: Second Baptist Church, 740 Rankin Avenue, Mt. Holly, North Carolina 28120 or Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville, 11900 Vanstory Dr., Huntersville, North Carolina, North Carolina 28078.
Online condolences may be made at: www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, NC (704) 864-5144 is serving the Garrett family.
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Thelma Mary Skidmore Farris

(April 22, 2021 Issue)

Belmont, NC - -Thelma Mary Skidmore Farris, 100, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at her home. She was born in Gaston County, daughter of the late Floyd Henry Skidmore and Carrie Moser Skidmore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Reid Farris; her daughter, Jackie Norwood; her grandson, Michael Shane Farris; and 9 siblings. Mrs. Farris was a long-time member of Goshen Free Will Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and was a recipient of an award for serving over 30 years in the church’s nursery. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great great-grandmother, she dearly loved her family and her greatest joy in life came from caring for them.
Mrs. Farris is survived by her children, Wanda Dalrymple and her husband, James, Sherry Smith and her husband, Barry, Terry Farris and his wife, Carol, and Lori Gibson and her husband, Kevin; her sister, Louise Hollis and her husband, Neb; her brother, Jack Skidmore and his wife, Susan; 12 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 28 great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Farris was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Goshen Cemetery in North Belmont.
Memorials may be made to Goshen Free Will Baptist Church, 1300 W Catawba Ave., Mount Holly, NC 28120 or to Gaston Hospice by visiting www.gastonhospice.org.
Condolence messages may be left for the family by visiting www.woodlawnfuneral.org. Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is serving Mrs. Farris’ family.
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Celia Perkins Wheeler

(April 8, 2021 Issue)

Celia Wheeler of Belmont, NC, 75, passed away on March 11, 2021. She was born on August 16, 1945 in Danville, VA, a daughter of the late Cecil Perkins and Marjorie Evans Perkins. She was the wife of her beloved late husband, Joseph Cooper Wheeler.
Celia graduated from George Washington High School and spent most of her adult life in the Rocky Mount-Nashville, NC area, first working at Texfi Industries before moving to Fox Hollow Farm to take care of her many beloved animals. She was happiest when outdoors surrounded by nature’s beauty. Celia had a caring and generous smile which leaves us with many fond memories. She had a bright and energetic personality and was known for her ability to sense when people needed her help. Celia loved dancing and laughing. She touched many lives with her generosity and passion for life.
Celia is survived by her stepchildren, Joseph Donavan Wheeler of Florence, SC and Susan Wheeler Weis (Matthew) of Tequesta, FL; daughter-in-law, Sharon Wheeler Peavyhouse (William) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren: Rachael Wheeler Vernon (Austin) of Oklahoma City, OK, Mackenzie Weis Jones (Cory) of Wilmington, NC, Zackary Ryan Wheeler of Charleston, SC, Camden James Weis of Wilmington, NC, and Sarah Katherine Wheeler of Charleston, SC; and great-grandchildren, Layton and Genevieve Vernon of Oklahoma City, OK. Her siblings include Louise Perkins Walters of Ringgold, VA, David Bruce Perkins (Jane) of Axton, VA, and Elsie Perkins Bernabe (Al) of Kapolei, HI; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in the chapel of McEwen at Myers Park, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice & Palliative Care-Charlotte Region.
We are thankful for the care from the staff at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, Charlotte, NC.
Condolences may be offered at www.McEwenMyersPark.com.
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Shirley Ann Cowan

(March 18, 2021 Issue)

Shirley Ann Cowan, 85, of Belmont passed away March 9, 2021 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born on November 30, 1935 to the late James Small and Pearl Gibson Clark. She is also preceded in death by her son, Ronald Self; daughter in law, Susie Self; sisters, Alma Homesly and Virginia Helton; and brother Bobby Small. Shirley loved to dance, liked country music, arts and crafts, baking and enjoyed shopping at Walmart.
Survivors include her sons, Mike Self and wife Becky of Belmont, Joel Self of Belmont, and Terry Self of Belmont; daughter in law, Darlene Self of Belmont; brothers, Joe Small of Stanley and James Arnold Small of Lincolnton; 12 grandchildren, Melissa Lowance, Robert Self, Kelly Linder, Joey Gordon, Jennifer Self, Joel Self, Wendy Self, Jessica Self, Lance Self, Brittney George, Faith Self, and Dillon Moore; 21 great grandchildren; and her pet dogs, Honey and Tiny.
A Memorial service was held on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at Spiritual Guidance Church, Mt. Holly with Pastors Joe Small and Tim Small officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Online condolences may be made to the family at  www.bensonfuneralservices.com.
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Bearl Lee Davis

(March 4, 2021 Issue)

Bearl Lee Davis, 85, of Mount Holly NC made his journey home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 23 in Gastonia, NC. He was the son of John and Maggie Davis and was preceded in death by his wife Glenda Ewing Davis.
Those left to cherish his memory include his brother Max Davis, girlfriend Bernice Stevenson, daughter, Susan Cathey (Van McKee), son Jeff Davis (Donna), son Jim Davis (Shawn), grandchildren Bobby Cathey (Sarah), Ashleigh Johnson (Ben), Madeline Tabler (Zach), Stephanie Davis, Sara Davis, Jamie Davis, and Wyatte Davis, and great grandsons Miles and Declan Cathey.
Bearl was a faithful member of North Main Street Baptist in Mount Holly. One of his proudest days was when he accepted Christ late in life and was baptized surrounded by his family and friends.
Bearl was known as many things in life, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and just friend.  Most people remember simply his toughness. Bearl contracted polio as a child, so his life’s physical battles began at an early age.  As a boxer, even with his disability, he fought almost 300 fights. His record was estimated to be 270 wins, 18 losses. While his final life’s fight against dementia was different and much more difficult, he faced it with the same resilience as he had his other life’s obstacles. His battle was an inspiration to so many who knew him.
Some of the nicknames given to Bearl by his friends and family were world’s greatest fisherman, world’s greatest boxer, hunter, welder, mechanic, electrician, and handyman just to name a few. There wasn’t much Bearl couldn’t do or teach himself how to do as he was raised in that time when you just did what you had to do to survive.
His greatest legacy was how much he dearly loved his family. They were the center of his life. Bearl never was a rich man monetarily, but he sacrificed to assure his family never went without.  His true riches were how loved he was by all those who knew him. In that, he was one of the richest people alive, and he will be dearly missed.
A Graveside Service to celebrate Bearl’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday March 20, 2021 at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery, Mount Holly. The family will greet guests prior to the service from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation of America: 322 Eighth Ave. 16th Floor New York, NY 10001.  866-232-8484. mail: info@alzfdn.org.
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George Quincy Hall

(February 18, 2021 Issue)

Belmont, NC – George Quincy Hall, “Grandy”, died peacefully on February 7, 2021, at Covenant Village in Gastonia, NC at the age of 87.
He was born in Belmont, NC on February 11, 1933 to Lelia Rawley Cox and Walter Moore Hall. Survivors include his wife of 65 years Peggy Ann Steele Hall of Belmont, children George Quincy Hall, Jr and wife Gwen; Joseph Steele Hall, and Laura Hall Presley, all of Belmont; grandchildren Lauren H Wilson (Reece) of Matthews, NC; Jonathan Q. Hall of Clemson, SC; Joseph S. Hall, Thomas C. Hall, and Taylor L. Presley, all of Belmont; and Mark S. Presley of Charleston, SC.
George graduated from Belmont High School and NC State College, earning a degree in Textiles. He served as an officer in the Army, Army Reserve, and NC National Guard. He worked in the Real Estate Department for Duke Power Company for 32 years, retiring in 1989. As a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, Belmont he served as Deacon and Elder. George was an Eagle Scout, a lifelong supporter of scouting, and received the Celtic Cross Association of Scouters Award. He served as president of the Belmont Community Organization; a Habitat for Humanity volunteer; and supported hurricane victim relief. He was a two-term Belmont City Council member; recognized as Belmont Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year; and received the American Legion Community Service Award.
Due to Covid issues, all services are private. Memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church, Belmont; Gaston Hospice; or Covenant Village Benevolent Fund.
Arrangements entrusted with McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont. 
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Martha  Noles Watts 

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

Stanley, North Carolina – Martha  Noles Watts, age 97, passed away February 6, 2021 at Stanley Total Living Center. She was born November 27, 1923 in Gaston County, a daughter of the late Carl and Mary Smith Noles.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 75 years Loyd Bryant “L.B.” Watts Jr.; son Mike Watts; brothers Elbert and Andrew Noles; sisters Marie Sitton, Frances Noles and Catherine Walters.
She is survived by her son David Watts and his wife Gloria of Belmont; brother Bill Noles and his wife Annette; sister Toni Earle; granddaughter Anna Rick and her husband Billy.
Martha was the first area woman to enlist in the U.S. Army “WAC” during WWII serving in Stark General Hospital in Charleston, SC.  She met her husband who was serving in the Navy in the Pacific Theatre.  She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother who lived in her own home until the age of 95.
The family wishes to thank everyone at Stanley Total Living Center for their love and support.
Services will be private to the family.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Watts family.
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Cleyon Dorsie Mason

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Clover, South Carolina

Cleyon Dorsie Mason, 82, passed away January 31, 2021 at his home. He was born September 26, 1938 in Newport, TN, a son of the late Ernest and Princy Mason.
Cleyon served in the U. S. Air Force and retired as a supervisor in textiles.  He will be remembered for his love of baseball by many in Gaston County through coaching of both little and teener league teams. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed the golfing and gardening.
He is survived by his children daughters Mary Smiley of Gastonia and Tracy (Scott) Hovis of Clover; grandchildren James Smiley, Tyler (Crystal) Smiley, Scottie (Ciera) Hovis, Chayla (Jacob) Goodson; great grandchildren Braydon, Anslee, Carra, Mason, Caila, Paydyn; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Irma Ruth Mason; son Gregory Dorsie Mason; six brothers and one sister.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont with Rev. Joe Lawing officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Palmetto Region, www.hpccr.org.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Mason family.
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Ronald “Ronnie” Gibbs

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Ronald “Ronnie” Gibbs passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Gastonia, NC at the age of 50.
Ronnie was born in Gastonia, NC on June 12, 1970 to Melinda Perry and Ronald Grigg. He attended South Point High School and worked in construction. Ronnie had a passion for hunting, fishing and grilling and enjoyed the simple things in life. He was a proud father and PawPaw. Among many other things, Ronnie will be remembered for his big heart, dry sense of humor and how much he loved his family.
Ronnie is survived by his mother, Melinda Perry; his daughter, Stephanie Davis along with her husband and son; his sister, Taylor Perry; and his brother, Joshua Perry. He is also survived by his loving aunt Robin Mosley, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stone.
A private Celebration of Life gathering will be held for close family and friends. Condolences or donations may be offered at PO Box 865, Lowell, NC 28098.
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Stephanie Marie Collins Asmuth Belmont, North Carolina

Stephanie Marie Collins Asmuth

(January 28, 2021 Issue)

The Asmuth family, Gaston County and planet Earth lost a sweet and loving spirit on Friday, January 8, 2021.  Stephanie Marie Collins Asmuth, beautiful wife, loving mother of two, and an inspiration to so many unexpectedly went home to heaven at the age of 48.  She was born September 12, 1972 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Steven and Carole Collins and moved to Gaston County shortly after.
She met, fell for and married the man of her dreams, Kip Asmuth on January 4, 1992 at the age of 18.  She was a loving, devoted and active mother to Kenny and Kyle. As the boys grew to young men, her pride and love for them, if even possible, grew greater. Stephanie will be most remembered for the way she loved and treasured Kip and her sons.
She spent most of her professional career building on downtown commerce through her entrepreneurship and as an advocate for Downtown Belmont.  Stephanie loved to travel, explore, reflect, laugh, sing, dance and spend time with her family and friends.  She loved it when she could experience all of the above with others.  Her free spirit was contagious.  Her fascination with life was so liberating to be near.  To say she loved to grill, barbecue and cook would be like saying the ocean is moist.  This girl could cook!  Her skills with a piece of red meat were legendary.  Even the simplest of meals would generate different tones of oohs and aahs from its beneficiaries.
Speaking of the ocean- Stephanie’s love for the coast, the unobstructed views of the sunrises, the majesty of the sunsets and the freedom of the seas seemed to recalibrate and revive her soul.  She put such an effort into catching every sunrise and sunset that now her memory is attached to them.  Her smile was truly monumental and would light up a room no matter the burden.
Her insight was tasteful, flavorful and unique.  Where we may frown upon the thought of a Monday - she referred to them as “fun-day Monday”; where we might not sing out loud in public - she would - while dancing too; while we celebrate our “birthday” - she celebrated her “birth-month”; where we might take a friendship for granted - she would make it a point to make you feel special; where we might post a misspelled, single syllable status update on fb - she would somehow use words and expressions in her posts that you’d still be thinking about tomorrow.  Her 48 year presence on this earth was indeed a gift to us. We remember you, Stephanie, and we do not take you, or what you taught us for granted!
Left to cherish her multi-million memories is her family that she absolutely adored:  her loving and devoted husband of 29 wild years Kip; her loving and loyal sons Kenny Asmuth of Wilmington and Kyle Asmuth of Belmont; her mom and step-dad Carole and Tony Frisina of Gastonia; sister Alison Worley; brother Ryan Farmer; step sister Kristen Frisina. She is also greatly missed by her four legged companions Ted and Eleanor, who to say the least, were well taken care of; and many extended family members, close friends and acquaintances.
Due to the Covid pandemic, there won’t be a formal gathering celebrating Stephanie’s way-too-short life. There’s no way she would want to risk exposing Kip to the crud! Rather, in the spirit of sharing and expression, you are encouraged to visit her public Facebook page and share your memories and photos with her.
In honor of her compassion for dogs, memorials in Stephanie’s name may be made to Double N Kennels, 10442 Moores Chapel Road, Charlotte, NC 28214.
McLean’s of Belmont is assisting the Asmuth family.  www.mcleanfuneral.com

Estelle Goins Smmey

(January 28, 2021 Issue)

Estelle Goins Summey, age 86, died Friday January 15, 2021 at Arbor Acres Retirement Community. She was born in Dallas, NC to the late John William Goins and the late Alice Wright Goins.  She was the youngest daughter in a family of nine siblings, preceded in death by her brothers J.W. Goins, Clark Goins, Lawrence Goins, and sisters Lib Goins Lyles, and Sue Goins Perry.
Survived by her husband of 64 years Raymond Clifton Summey, Sons, Tim Summey and wife Wanda, Ted Summey and wife Emily, and her daughter Toni Summey; Grandchildren Robert Summey and wife Mary, Margaret Summey, Elam Summey and wife Brandi, Victoria Summey, and fiancé Corey Pruitt; brothers Buren Goins, Elliott Goins, sister Jane Ratteree and sister-in-law Marjorie Smith Goins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Arbor Acres Resident Assistance Fund 1240 Arbor Road Winston-Salem, NC 27104; or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be sent www.salemfh.com.
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Martha Ann Wray Deal

(January 7, 2021 Issue)

Martha Ann Wray Deal, age 80, of Crestview Drive, Lincolnton passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020.
Mrs. Deal was born on February 4, 1940 and was the daughter of the late Wymer Bryant and Dora Spring Bynum Wray.  Martha was a successful business woman having started in retail, moving to store manager and later becoming a district supervisor with Pic-N-Pay Shoes.  She was also a charter member of the Belmont Historical Society.
She is survived by her husband, Reginald A. Deal; her son, Roger A. Deal; her daughter, Janet D. Marx and husband, Robert; two grandsons, Randy A. Deal and wife, Rachel and Roger C. Deal and wife, Krystal; two granddaughters, Dr. Emily C. Marx and Olivia S. Marx; one great-grandson, Luke T. Deal.
A memorial service for Mrs. Deal will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, #100, Charlotte, NC 28207.
Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton is serving the Deal family.
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Frances Worthey Stringer

(January 7, 2021 Issue)

1930 – 2020

Mt. Holly NC – Frances Worthey Stringer, 90, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 in her Daughter Sandy’s home in Inman SC of cancer. Frances was born on October 21, 1930 in Cherryville, NC and the only daughter of the late Jack and Georgia Worthey. She was pre-deceased by her three brothers, Bob, Carl and Danny and was the widow of Norman Stringer.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty (Joel) of Birmingham, Al; Sandy (Harlan) of Inman, SC; and a son, Eric (Debbie) of Gastonia, NC. Frances has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Frances was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and trusted friend, but most of all a child of God. She was always known for her kindness and generosity along with a fun, cleaver sense of humor. Frances was a Charter Member of Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Holly, NC where she was active for most of her life. She was also well-known and loved in the community. Some of her community involvement included: Meals on Wheels, crossing guard at Mt. Holly Elementary School, caring for elderly friends, and later in life she was active at The Tuckaseegee Community Center.  The Funeral Services were held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 2, 2020 at Grace Baptist Church 300 Westland Farm Rd., Mt. Holly, NC. Rev. Jonathan Chaney conducted the service. The Family received friends immediately after the service at the church. Social distancing was observed during both the service and visitation.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either Grace Baptist Church, 300 Westland Farm Rd., Mt. Holly, NC 28120 or Hospice of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System 686 Jeff Davis Dr. Spartanburg SC 29303.  The Stringer Family is being cared for by Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mt Holly NC.
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Kenneth Donald “Don” Chatman

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

Belmont, NC – Kenneth Donald “Don” Chatman, 57, left this earth December 28, 2020 at Robin Johnson Hospice House to be with his Lord and savior. He was born October 3, 1963 in Mecklenburg County, a son of the late Nathan and Norma Orton Chatman.  Don was also preceded in death by his sister June Chatman Drum.
Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years and served in the first Gulf War - Desert Storm.  He was the recipient of numerous awards including the Meritorious Unit Commendations (3), the Combat Action Ribbon (2), the Commanding General Letter of Commendation (2), as well as many others. He received his B.S. in Finance from UNC Charlotte.  After military service, Don began employment with Wachovia Bank as a Branch Manager and later, became an Assistant Vice President with Lincoln Bank of N.C.
He will be missed deeply by his son, Kenneth D. Chatman, Jr. of Iwakuni, Japan; daughter Katelyn Chatman of Columbia, SC; sister Sandra Chatman Guy (Robert) of Ocean Isle Beach, NC; brother Jimmy Chatman (Beth) of Scottsboro, AL; nephew Grayson Drum and grandchildren Lennox and Liam.
A graveside service was held at 11am Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Hillcrest Gardens, Mount Holly, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled Veterans Association, www.secure.dav.org.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Chatman family.
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Local textile mill placed on National Register of Historic Places

(December 31, 2020 Issue)

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has announced that five individual properties across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The  properties were reviewed by the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and were subsequently nominated by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register for consideration for listing in the National Register.
“These historic places are part of North Carolina’s rich and diverse story, and they need our protection,” said Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “The National Register is a vital tool in the preservation of our state’s historic resources, and North Carolina has long been a leader in the nation’s preservation movement.”
The listing of a property in the National Register places no obligation or restriction on a private owner using private resources to maintain or alter the property. Over the years, various federal and state incentives have been introduced to assist private preservation initiatives, including tax credits for the rehabilitation of National Register properties. As of Jan. 1, 2020, over 3,933 historic rehabilitation projects with an estimated private investment of over $3.043 billion have been completed.
One of the properties is  the Trenton Cotton Mills in Gastonia,
Trenton Cotton Mills, Gastonia’s oldest extant textile mill, is locally significant under Criterion A in the area of Industry for its role in the development of Gastonia and Gaston County’s textile industry. Following the establishment of the Gastonia Cotton Manufacturing Company by G. W. Ragan in 1887, Gastonia soon became a hub of textile manufacturing in North Carolina. Trenton Cotton Mills, established in 1893 as Gastonia’s second textile mill and also organized by Ragan, experienced immediate and continuing success that led to expansion with a second mill on the property in 1900 and later substantial additions in 1922 and 1954. Trenton Cotton Mills began contributing to Gaston County’s renown for production of combed yarns ca. 1910 when the company added the machinery necessary to convert to production of this high-quality yarn. The mill retains a relatively high level of historic integrity that conveys all major period of the operation’s growth. Its period of significance begins in 1893 with the completion of Mill No. 1 and ends in 1972 when the mill ceased operations.
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2019 “Pride Tour” students from McAdenville and North Belmont Elementary Schools learn about residents at Holy Angels.

Pride In Gaston Traveling Tour

(December 31, 2020 Issue)

In the summer of 2000, Gaston Together began a program for school children to enhance the awareness of Gaston County and grow Community Pride.  By building on the study of the community in the third grade, Gaston Together worked with Gaston County Schools to develop the “Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour” field trip for all third graders in the county, including both public and private school students.  As of the 2020 - 2021 school year, over 50,000 students have participated in this program since its inception.
Just like much of the rest of year 2020, this year’s tour was different.  It went virtual!  With the help of Gaston County Travel & Tourism, we were able to provide a virtual tour that showcased all sixteen sites in the Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour Activity Book.  In addition two of the sites traditionally visited on the field trip tour, the Schiele Museum and the Gaston County Museum of Art & History, created customized videos for the students.
The virtual tour and classwork components were conducted in November.  Although very different, the virtual format did provide advantages for the overall program.  First, the teachers had more flexibility in scheduling the program for their class.  They usually have to follow a fixed calendar due to scheduling over 2500 students with the tour locations.  Also, using the virtual summary video overview gave the students an opportunity to see something of each site featured in the Activity Book.
Each student participating in the program receive a Pride in Gaston Activity Book.  The 2020 Activity Books were graciously sponsored by Times Oil/T.E.A.M. Foundation and Alliance Bank and Trust.  The books now feature 16 sites of interest throughout Gaston County.  New sites were added to the book last year including: the Loray Mill and MLK Plaza both located in Gastonia as well as Goat Island Park located in Cramerton.  Some of the other sites in the activity book are the Hoyle House, the C. Grier Beam Truck Museum and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  The Activity Book features a pen and ink drawing of each site, a few facts about the site and additional space where the students can add other information.  All of the pictures in the book were drawn by Gaston County native, Lucy Penegar.  The cover design was created by Image Mark Business Services.
The “Pride in Gaston” Traveling Tour program is free of charge to the students thanks to the generosity of community sponsors.  The 2020 Corporate Gold sponsor was Mann+Hummel Filtration Technology. Program partners include:  Dominion Energy and Tindol Ford Subaru ROUSH.
Following the tour, the students are asked to write an essay entitled, “Why I am Proud to Live in Gaston County.”  These essays are entered into Gaston Together’s “Proudest Kid in Gaston County,” essay contest.  The individual school winners and the overall county winner are announced later in the spring at Gaston Together’s annual Community Leadership Award event.
The “Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour” has proven to be a valuable tool in building community pride in our students.  It has allowed them to experience first-hand some of the heritage of Gaston County through these wonderful points of interest.  With the experience learned through this program, it is hoped that as adults these students will one day want to make Gastonia their home.
Founded in 1997, Gaston Together’s mission is to create a Community of Excellence by bringing people and resources of Gaston County together to address Big Community Challenges.  The purpose is implemented through the principles and best practices of collaboration, facilitation, promotion and the anticipation of possibilities.  Current focus areas are Community Pride Building programs (Community Leadership Awards, Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour and Proudest Kid in Gaston County Essay Contest), Faith-Based Leadership (Gaston Clergy & Citizens Coalition), Civic Engagement Leadership process and Creating a Culture of Wellness (Gaston Together Healthcare Commission, Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition, Health in All Policies Team and Healthy Gaston initiative).  Steven Long is serving as the 2020 Board Chair.
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Eloise Armstrong Buthe
1932 – 2020

(December 30, 2020 Issue)

Gastonia - Eloise Armstrong Buthe, 88, passed away on December 23, 2020.   Eloise was born in Gaston County on July 2, 1932.  She was the daughter of Ralph M. Armstrong (Buck) and Louise Gaston Armstrong.   In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by husbands, Hugh Allen Mullis and Egon Buthe and siblings, Ralph M. Armstrong, Jr. and Betty Jean Armstrong.  
Eloise graduated from Belmont High School in 1950 and attended Berea College, Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing (Registered Nurse), and UNC-Greensboro (Nurse Practitioner). Her nursing career was primarily at Presbyterian Hospital and Burlington Industries.
Her greatest joy in life was found in God, family, and nursing, along with later opportunities to teach others her hobby of sewing and quilting. Her life’s desire was to donate her body for the advanced study of medicine.
She is survived by her children, Alan (Mari) Mullis of Leachville, Arkansas, Lisa (Steve) Carrigan of York, South Carolina, and Molly (Mark) Whitehouse of Blacksburg, Virginia, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Also, surviving is a faithful and special friend, Ted Reece.
Because of the current health crisis, no funeral services will be held. A Remembrance Service may be held at a later date.
A special expression of gratitude is extended to the phenomenal staff of Brookdale New Hope and Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County who provided loving and compassionate care to our mother and grandmother.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, if you would like to send a card or phone call to the family will be appreciated.
Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia is serving the Family.
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Mt. Holly police officer Tyler Herndon
(December 17, 2020 Issue)

Patrolman Tyler Avery Herndon, 25, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 11, 2020 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.  Born in Mecklenburg County, NC, he was preceded in death by grandfather Adolphus “Junior” Phillips, uncle James Phillips and cousin Kristina Phillips. He was a 2017 graduate of UNC Charlotte majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. At the time of his death, Tyler was employed with the Mount Holly Police Department as a Patrolman.
Tyler always wanted to be in law enforcement and loved his job.  He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with friends and liked to make those around him laugh.  He was an avid fan of soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He was a loving son, grandson, brother, boyfriend, cousin, and friend.
The family sends its deepest thanks to the Mount Holly Police Department and community for their overwhelming support as well as the Cleveland County Police Department for its assistance to the family.
Tyler is survived by his parents Mark and Debbie Phillips Herndon, Kings Mountain, NC; his sister  Lindsey Herndon, Charlotte, NC; his girlfriend Holly Weldon, Belmont, NC; paternal grandparents Ray and Jean Herndon, Kings Mountain, NC; maternal grandparent Vicki Phillips, Charlotte, NC; Uncle Chris Herndon (Mary), Orlando, FL;  Aunts Deana Reep (Kerry), Belmont, NC; Terri Phillips, Belmont, NC; and 6 cousins.
Services were held Tuesday December 15, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC  with Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor and Rev. Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Tyler lay in state Tuesday December 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM til 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
Interment was in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at www.HarrisFunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Kings Mountain is serving the family.
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Howard “Jelly Man” Robert

 (December 3, 2020 Issue)

Howard Deual Roberts “Jelly Man”, 90, of Salisbury passed away, November 19, 2020 at his home after a period of declining health.
He was born August 17, 1930 in Belmont, NC to the late Bernard Roberts and Monnie Davis Roberts.
Howard served his country for over 22 years in the Army, he was first served in Japan, then the Korean war started, he enjoyed his military service, while serving he received a Purple Heart amongst other medals and awards, he retired during the Vietnam war.
He was preceded in death by a son Bryan Roberts, and 2 step sons, Christopher and James, one sister, Cleo Broughman, four brothers, Hoyt Roberts, Joseph Roberts, Clyde Roberts, and Worth Roberts.
Those left to cherish his memory, his wife Debbie Norris Roberts, three daughters, Crystal (Kris), Terry (Bill) and Gina, all of Columbia, SC, two sisters, Rachael Henley (Bill) of Gastonia Dorothy Adams of Belmont, and six grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at 12:30 PM Tuesday, November 24, at Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Brown officiating, burial was at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 27, at Salisbury National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:00 on Tuesday, at Whitley’s Funeral Home, prior to the service.
Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.

Howard “Jelly Man” Roberts

 (December 3, 2020 Issue)

Howard Deual Roberts “Jelly Man”, 90, of Salisbury passed away, November 19, 2020 at his home after a period of declining health.
He was born August 17, 1930 in Belmont, NC to the late Bernard Roberts and Monnie Davis Roberts.
Howard served his country for over 22 years in the Army, he was first served in Japan, then the Korean war started, he enjoyed his military service, while serving he received a Purple Heart amongst other medals and awards, he retired during the Vietnam war.
He was preceded in death by a son Bryan Roberts, and 2 step sons, Christopher and James, one sister, Cleo Broughman, four brothers, Hoyt Roberts, Joseph Roberts, Clyde Roberts, and Worth Roberts.
Those left to cherish his memory, his wife Debbie Norris Roberts, three daughters, Crystal (Kris), Terry (Bill) and Gina, all of Columbia, SC, two sisters, Rachael Henley (Bill) of Gastonia Dorothy Adams of Belmont, and six grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at 12:30 PM Tuesday, November 24, at Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Brown officiating, burial was at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 27, at Salisbury National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:00 on Tuesday, at Whitley’s Funeral Home, prior to the service.
Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.
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Irene Garrett Wyant

(November 19, 2020 Issue)

Belmont NC- Irene Garrett Wyant, 93, passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Covenant Village in Gastonia. A native of Gaston County, she was the daughter of the late David Hicks Garrett, Sr. and Carrie Shepard Garrett.
Irene was a faithful, lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Belmont where she actively participated in fellowship circles, enjoyed Young at Heart group events and was a former Sunday School teacher. For years she worked as an executive secretary and retired from Beltex Corporation after twenty years of service. She enjoyed square dancing, traveling with her husband, Fred, cooking big family dinners and eating anything sweet, especially chocolate! She thought food was a natural remedy for any ailment – her motto, “as long as you can eat good, you will be okay, you can keep going.”
Irene had very high standards. She was a fanatic about keeping the house clean (you could literally eat off the floor), and she was conscious of her appearance, always well-dressed with hair in place whenever she left the house. She was kind, compassionate and a very loving and nurturing mother and grandmother. Her sweet nature and beautiful smile could light up a room. She decorated the house for every occasion and always made family gatherings, Christmas and birthdays extra special with her famous chocolate cake and celebrations at a favorite restaurant.
Irene adored her four grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. She was “Grandma” to Carrie and Christopher and “Maw Maw” to Jacob and Jordan. Over the years she attended numerous birthday parties, football and soccer games, arts events, dance shows and all kinds of school activities from Grandparents Day to graduations.
Irene will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Left to cherish many wonderful memories are her daughters, Nancy Wyant Crowl and Patricia Wyant Noblett and husband Vann, all of Gastonia; grandchildren, Carrie Marie Crowl, Christopher Kyle Crowl, Jr. and wife Jordan, Jacob Wyant Noblett and Jordan Elizabeth Noblett; brothers, William Hazel Garrett of Belmont, David Hicks Garrett, Jr. and wife Ruby of Mt. Holly; sister in law, Alma Garrett of Gastonia; nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Fred Harold Wyant; brother, Irvin Thomas Garrett; sister, Carrie Sue Garrett; sisters in law, June, Betty and Aurelia Garrett; and nephew, David Hicks Garrett, III.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 3pm on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church of Belmont with Revs. Samuel P. Warner and Daria L. Ragan officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 – 3pm prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1, Belmont, NC 28012.
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Hoyt Mason Roberts

(November 19, 2020 Issue)

Retired Missionary Hoyt Mason Roberts, 92, of Pasadena, Texas, stepped into heaven and into the arms of Jesus on November 1, 2020.
Hoyt was born September 7, 1928 to the late B.P. and Monnie Lee Roberts in Belmont, North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Army from 1947-1949, as a member of General MacArthur’s private band playing the french horn. Hoyt married the love of his life, Martha Louise Poole, December 20, 1948.  He graduated from Gardner Webb Junior College, Carson Newman College, and Southern Seminary.
Hoyt started the First Southern Baptist Church of Huntingburg, Indiana as pastor in 1954.  He served as pastor of Cherokee Hills Baptist Church in Morristown, Tennessee and during this time he felt called to missions. Hoyt and Louise were appointed as missionaries to Honduras in December 1962 starting many churches through out Honduras. They served faithfully until retirement in October 1992.
 Upon retirement, they moved to Texas and joined First Baptist Church in Pasadena, Texas where he was an active member of Roland Hill’s Sunday school class, played French horn in the orchestra (especially enjoyed playing in  Pops and Praise and the Singing Christmas Tree), attended Missions at Night, lead Bible studies at Mission Centers of Houston and Keenagers being ever so serious at mexican train.  He was an enthusiastic bowler, enjoyed every sport, and loved Blue Bell ice cream.
Hoyt was preceded in death by his “honey babe”, wife of 50 years, Louise Roberts, parents B. P. and Monnie Roberts, siblings, Cleo Boughman, Clyde Roberts, Joe Roberts, Worth Roberts, also two great grandsons, Gideon Stegner, and Imani Parker.
He is survived by his children:  daughter Linda Louise Law (husband Tom), son Hoyt Dale Roberts (wife Lisa), daughter Rebekah Lee Parker (husband James).  He was “papaw” to his grandchildren, their spouses, and great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two sisters Dorothy Adams, Rachel Henley, (husband Bill), one brother Howard Roberts, (wife Debbie), nieces, nephews and many beloved missionary nieces and nephews.
Hoyt loved his Lord, sharing with everyone “you must be born again to receive Jesus as your personal Savior”. In recent years he believed one of the most overlooked people groups are the deaf people who need to know Jesus Christ.
Memorial donations can be made to the missions of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 21, at 11:00am., in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church Pasadena, TX. 7500 Fairmont Parkway Pasadena, TX.
He will be laid to rest with his wife at the Houston National Cemetery, Texas.

Jeanette Willis

(November 19, 2020 Issue)


Jeanette Willis, 87, of Belmont, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at her residence.
Born in Cleveland County, on September 14, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Ed Willis and Mary Maebelle Costner Willis. She was a retired Biology Teacher for Belmont High School and South Point High School. She was a member of Norman’s Grove Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh and Franklin Willis; her twin sister, Jewel Willis and sister, Inez Hailey.
Survivors include a brother Charles Willis of Shelby; a nephew and a niece.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home.
A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mary Helton officiating.
The burial  followed the service in the Normans Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks and social distancing were required.
Memorial may be made to Gaston County Hospice, PO Box 2984, Gastonia, NC 28053.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.
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Betty Faye Moffitt Armstrong
 

(November 12, 2020 Issue)

Belmont, NC - Betty Faye Moffitt Armstrong, age 85, passed away November 2, 2020 at Stanley Total Living Center. She was born February 24, 1935 in Gaston County, daughter of the late Fannie Moffitt Saxon.  She was also preceded in death by her loving husband James Dale Armstrong; brother Kermit Moffitt.
Betty was a long-time and active member of South Point United Methodist Church.  She retired from Playtown Nursery and Daycare which she owned and operated for many years, receiving the 1995 TEDDY Award as the Daycare of the Year in Gaston County.  Betty was an avid gardener and was active with the Belmont Community Organization.
Left to cherish her memories are her sons Mark Mitchell Armstrong and spouse William Brandwein of Silver Spring, MD., Kelly Lee Armstrong and wife Deborah of Upper Marlboro, MD; as well as several nephews.
A graveside service was held at 1:00 pm, Monday, November 9, 2020 at South Point United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Tony Owens officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Point United Methodist Church, 510 SouthPoint Church Road or to BCO, 91 Catawba St., Belmont, NC 28012.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Armstrong family.
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Larry Charles Martin

(October 8, 2020 Issue)

High Point – Larry Charles Martin, 85, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020.
Born December 7, 1934, in Cramerton, NC, Charlie was the son of the late Larry Pitts Martin and Kathleen Hanna Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Helderman Martin and his second wife, Julia Broadway Martin. Charlie was a veteran of the US Army, where he toured Germany behind Elvis Presley. He later graduated from East Carolina University and loved going to football games to cheer on the Pirates. Charlie was an avid golfer and had the opportunity to travel twice to Scotland to play at Saint Andrew’s. He loved watching sports and Westerns and spending time with his beloved family.
Charlie was a devout member of Green Street Baptist Church where he formerly was on the Deacon Committee. He worked for Burlington Industries, and later was the Assistant City Manager for the City of High Point for nearly 25 years.
Charlie is survived by two daughters, Pam Martin and Amy Martin, both of High Point; step children, Everette Furr and Wendy Beck (Randy), both of Thomasville; granddaughters, Stephanie Riggs Loflin (Jon) and Faith Riggs; a great grandson, Charles Jay Loflin; and four step children, and five step great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held at a later date at Gaston Memorial Park Cemetery in Gastonia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Mended Hearts, Inc. Resource Center, Merry Acres Executive Building, 1500Dawson Rd, Albany, GA 31707.
Online condolences can be made at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.
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CJ Golden, Jr. & Gunnar

Charles “CJ” Golden, Jr. 

(October 8, 2020 Issue)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Charles “CJ” Golden, Jr., 24, born June 8th, 1996, and passed on September 6th, 2020 Belmont, NC (formally of WV and MD).
CJ is survived by his parents Rachel (Wolfe) Golden, Charles Golden Sr. and his sisters Haileigh, Layla and Sydney Golden of Inwood, WV. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
CJ was a graduate of Hedgesville High and attended Potomac State College.
CJ’s best times were spent with his pet companion Gunnar. He enjoyed trips to the beach, canoeing, karaoke, and spending time with his true friends.
Even through his many trials and tribulations CJ lived his life to the fullest.
CJ’s parents and immediate family held a celebration of life on September 20th, 2020. CJ is resting peacefully and is no longer suffering.
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Elena Margarita Pacanins de Aizcorbe

Elena Margarita Pacanins de Aizcorbe,  born March 20, 1932, passed away on September 11, 2020 in Gastonia, NC. A native of Venezuela, Elena and her late husband came to the U.S. in 1959 from where they lived in Habana, Cuba to escape the Castro regime.
In 1964, the Aizcorbe Family decided to make Belmont their permanent home where Elena was a mother of four, a homemaker and worked with her late husband, Dr Raul C Aizcorbe, as his bookkeeper for many years. In the early years, Elena was team mom for the Belmont Abbey soccer team, was active in her church and served with Belmont Community Action. She was a patron of the arts, loved traveling, but above all loved her family. She was self-appointed family historian and made certain that her children were familiar with the extended family tree.
Elena is survived by son, Raul Cesar Aizcorbe, Jr. of Evans, GA; daughter Maria Elena Bowling and husband Mark, of Lamar,SC; son, Carlos Luis Aizcorbe and wife Christy of Gastonia, NC; son Francisco Tomas Aizcorbe and his wife Abbie of Huntersville, NC; grandchildren Michelle Peterson, Christopher Aizcorbe, Nicholas Aizcorbe, M.D., Regina Hope Aizcorbe, Tomas Aizcorbe, Jimmy Moody, Aaron Crumbley and wife Jaci, and four great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Raul Cesar Aizcorbe M.D., parents Francisco Pacanins Acevedo and MariaTeresa Gil de Pacanins; brother Carlos Pacanins and sister Dolores Pacanins de Gómez.  
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Queen of the Apostles Church with Father Paul Buchanon officiating. The family received friends 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm prior to the service. Burial followed in Belmont Abbey Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Angels, 6600 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, NC 28012.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Aizcorbe family.
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Reginald Lee “Moon” Huffstetler

Belmont, NC - Reginald Lee “Moon” Huffstetler, 85, passed away on September 6, 2020 at Stanley Total Living Center.
A native of Belmont, he was son of the late Perry and Lela Long Huffstetler.
Reg retired as a technician from Northrop Grumman Corp. He loved participating in Mecklenburg County Senior Olympics and was a member of The Belmont Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 1999.  He held the Guinness Book of World Records for treading water, as well as treading 100 hours at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he swam the English Channel. He was an international marathon swimmer as well.  He was a member of Catawba Heights Baptist Church.
Services will be private at Day Star Baptist Church. A celebration of Life Service will be held at a  later date.
He is survived by his sons, Jonathan Huffstetler and David Huffstetler and wife Tessa; brother, Perry Huffstetler, Jr and wife Marie.; sisters, Barbara Ann Huffstetler and husband Charlie, and Trisha Weir; grandchildren, Grant, Lauren, Peyton, and Keegan Huffstetler.
 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to charity of donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving The Huffstetler Family.
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Madeline “Mackie” Ray
1946 - 2020

Belmont – Madeline “Mackie” McConnell Ray, 74 went to be with the Lord on August 31, 2020 at Atrium Health - Pineville, NC.
Mackie was born in Charlotte, NC to the late Walter Alexander McConnell and Margaret Elmena Grice McConnell.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ronnie McConnell.
Mackie was an active member of Park Street United Methodist Church for over 40 years.  She served with the UMW and other groups at church.  She was a graduate of Mt. Holly High School where she played on one of the schools’ first girls basketball teams.  Mackie was one of the original employees of McDonalds in Belmont and continued to frequent there as a customer with her husband Wayne. She was a feisty and sweet lady and greatly enjoyed helping others.  Mackie never met a stranger and spent much of her time talking with “anyone that would listen” – she will be greatly missed by all.  Mackie loved the outdoors and worked in her flower beds and gardens up until her death.  She and Wayne loved their birds.  They knew all the species and could identify most of them by name. More than anything, she treasured time spent with family and friends.
Mackie is survived by her soulmate and best friend of 57 years, Wayne Ray; her sons, Steve Ray and wife Dana, Alan Ray and wife Heather; her beloved grandchildren, Hayden, Davis, Cooper, Devin, Cole, Kara, and Kendall; her brother, Walter McConnell and his wife Vicki, and sister-in-law, Carolyn McConnell; and brother-in-law Lanny Ray and wife Lancy.
Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Belmont Community Organization (BCO) located at 91 Catawba St, Belmont, NC 28012.  (704) 825-4526
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a card or phone call to Wayne, Alan and Steve will be greatly appreciated.
Please visit www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com to share your condolences and memories.
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia (704) 864-5144 is serving the Family.
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Harold Joe Ramsey

Belmont, NC - Harold Joe Ramsey passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the age of 87. Born in Gaston County on November 11, 1932, Mr. Ramsey was the son of the late Robert Miles Ramsey and Lula Belle Hansil Ramsey.
Mr. Ramsey was a graduate of the NC Vocational Textile School, Class of 1950 and Belmont High School, Class of 1951. He joined the US Air Force and served his country for the next 30 and a half years, obtaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.
After retiring from the military, he worked for 14 years with Cherry Aerospace Fastners where he served as Regional Sales Manager for Central Europe. He was a member of Queen of the Apostles Roman Catholic Church in Belmont and was active with the Knights of Columbus.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ramsey was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Fulton Ramsey, Dennis Frederick Ramsey and Hazel Ramsey; his sisters, Edith Morgan, Mozelle Smith Huffstetler, Dorothy Faye Clayton and Ruth Ray Adcock.
Mr. Ramsey is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private service of committal with military rites will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Greenwood Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the Ramsey online at www.mcleanfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Ramsey may be sent to the Knights of Columbus, c/o Queen of the Apostles Roman Catholic Church, 503 N Main Street, Belmont, NC 28012.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Ramsey family.
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Yates Edward Abernethy

GASTONIA - Yates Edward Abernethy, 88, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at his home, surrounded by family. He was born in Gaston County, son of the late Everette Roy Abernethy and Connie Smith Abernethy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Marie Foster Abernethy; and his brothers, Jerry Abernethy and Troy Abernethy.
Mr. Abenethy was a graduate of Belmont High School and played on the inaugural Red Raider football team. He was an avid South Point football fan. Mr. Abernethy served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean era. He was a founding member of the Belmont Historical Society and a lifelong member of Centerview Baptist Church. He was retired from the City of Charlotte at Charlotte Douglas Airport.
Mr. Abernethy is survived by his children, Sheila A. Thrower and husband, David, Sharon Kaye Abernethy, and Trina A. Deaton and husband, Mark; his grandchildren, Jonathan Thrower, Emily Thrower, Christopher Deaton and wife, Hannah, Justin Deaton and wife, Anna, and Leah Deaton; his great-grandchildren, Malek Deaton and Abagail Deaton; and his best buddy, Baxter.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Centerview Baptist Church, Belmont. A service to celebrate his life well lived will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice by visiting www.gastonhospice.org.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.woodlawnfuneral.org. Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is caring for the Abernethy family.
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Carol Rome Williams

Carl Rome Williams, 85, of Mount Holly, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.  He was born in Gaston County, son of the late Jessie and Edith Wentz Williams.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings.  Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 63 years Sue Ingle Williams; children Karen Broome, Toni O’Donahue (Dean), and Carol Woodard; a sister Jane Williams; two grandchildren Emily Stowe (Koley) and David Felton (Mandy); as well as two great grandchildren Parker Felton and Hayden Stowe.  The family greeted guests from 2 until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Catawba Heights Baptist Church (The Heights), 311 Belmont Mt Holly Road, Belmont.  A service to celebrate Carl’s life was held immediately following at 4:00 p.m. also at the church.
Arrangements are in the care of Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly.  Online condolences may be left at www.woodlawnfuneral.org

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Katherine Lee Henry Fite

Katherine Lee Henry Fite, 72, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020.
Born September 25, 1947 in Missouri, Kathy grew up in White Plains, NY. She was a 1965 graduate of White Plains Senior High School and 1967 graduate of Gardner-Webb College.
Kathy was employed with WBTV with the Betty Feezor Show and Top of the Day. She later opened The Needle and Brush in Belmont, NC. After retiring, she enjoyed gardening and singing with her church choir.
Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Stephen Fite, parents Raymond and Bernadine “Dean” (Miller) Henry of Gastonia, NC, and brother Gary Henry, Columbia, SC.
Local survivors include Kathy’s cousin Ann Lampley Pharr (Shelby, NC); former sister-in-law Susan Fite Lovelace and husband, Jerry, (Kings Mountain, NC) and other family members.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Memorials may be made to her church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 West Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28052.
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Dillard “Don” William Hyde

Dillard “Don” William Hyde
Belmont - Dillard “Don” William Hyde, loving husband, father, and PopPop went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 1, 2020 at the age of 83.

Don was a graduate of Belmont High School, Central Piedmont Community College and attended Charlotte College (now UNCC). After serving in the United States Army,  Don worked at Celanese Corporation in Charlotte for 30 years. He volunteered his time with the Athletic Department of his beloved Red Raiders at South Point High School where he and his wife, Nancy served for many years with the Big Red Booster Club.  In addition to volunteering at SPHS, Don served on the Gaston County Parks and Recreation Board along with the Belmont Optimist Club. One of his greatest honors was being a mentor to many young people in the Belmont community.  All those who knew him were touched by his generosity, graciousness, and loving spirit. He lived by the mantra “Give nothing of yourself to others and eventually there will be nothing worth giving.”
Don was a long time member of both First Baptist Church and South Point Baptist Church in Belmont where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and youth recreation advocate.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Nancy Buckner Hyde, two loving sons Kent (Cynthia) and Lee (Shelly), daughter Christy of Nashville, TN, and five beautiful granddaughters, Caroline, Olivia, Allie, Amy, and Alyssa. He is also survived by his brothers Ted of Belmont and Dennis of Spotsylvania, VA, and a sister, Betty (Carroll) of Belmont. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ned and Margie Hyde, brothers, Hubert and Edd, and sisters Eliza, Lexie, Ida, and Emma.
Mr. Hyde will lie in state for public viewing from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 23 North Central Avenue, Belmont, North Carolina.  Due to the pandemic, the family will NOT be present.
A graveside service will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 6 at Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont with Pastor Joe Lawing and Pastor Andrew Renfroe officiating.  Military Honors will be provided by the North Carolina National Guard and Gaston Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Point High School Athletic Department “Big Red Booster Club”, 906 South Point Road, Belmont, NC 28012 or Cystic Fibrosis, Carolinas Chapter, Charlotte Office, 4600 Park Road, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28209.
Online condolences may be made at:  www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, NC  (704) 864-5144 is serving the Hyde family.a
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Dawn “Dawnie” Starling Royal

Dawn “Dawnie” Starling Royal, of Pamplin, Va., peacefully departed her earth suit and her spirit entered the presence of her Lord on June 21, 2020. Dawn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Born January 11, 1949, in Charlotte, N.C., she was the daughter of Marie Brown Starling and the late Edgar L. Starling. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 52 plus years, W. Durwood Royal of Pamplin; a daughter, Tiffany Royal Powell and husband, Randy of Lyons, Ga.; a son, Andre Royal and wife, Jennifer of Appomattox, Va.; grandchildren, Roman Davis and wife, Nerlene of Tagbilaran City, Philippines, Justin Davis of Claxton, Ga., Hannah Royal of Harrisonburg, Va., and Grace Royal of Appomattox, Va.; great-grandson, Avalent Davis and his mother, Alishia Gay of Claxton, Ga.; and Dawn’s mother, Marie B. Starling of Belmont, N.C.
Dawn graduated from Western Illinois University. Her dream was to write children’s books but she never had one published. She loved English literature, and as she called it “nest building” with her family on her organic farm although the past few years she was not able to garden. She enjoyed traveling and was blessed to visit a lot of interesting places but always would say “there’s no place like home’. She was an accomplished pianist who taught her children and grandchildren how to read music and play the piano.
A graveside funeral service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont, N.C. on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. Harry Davis officiating.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Appomattox, Va.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in her memory to Christian Aid Mission, 1201 5th Street Extended, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. An online condolence may be sent by visiting www.robinsonfuneral.com.
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Gail Lane Tucker

Gail  Lane Tucker, 84, of Mount Holly passed away June 14, 2020. She was born January 10, 1936 in Gaston County, a daughter of the late Ewell Clayton Lane and  Nina Shetley Lane.

Gail was a homemaker and an amazing seamstress. She enjoyed crafting, cooking, baking, and anything chocolate. Gail was a breast cancer survivor and a member of Park Street United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed by many.
Gail is survived by her sons, Greg Tucker and wife, Vicki of Gastonia, and Clay Tucker of Mount Holly; granddaughter, Dr. Emilee Tucker; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and caregivers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Bobby Donald Tucker; sisters, Margaret Jolley, Faye McMahan, Dottie Warren, and Nancy Ottinger; brother, Frances Lane; and granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Tucker.     
Services will be private for family and friends. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen, info-komen.org/site/Donation; 2316 Randolph Rd. Charlotte, NC 28207.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Tucker family.
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Bob Coleman

Belmont – Robert “Bob” Sterling Coleman, 76, passed away on May 4, 2020 at Stanley Total Living Center.  He was born in Gaston County on July 10, 1943, the only son of the late Dalwin and Elsie Brewer Coleman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Amanda Coleman.
Bob was a member of Park Street United Methodist Church Belmont.  He was a very loving husband and father.  Prior to his retirement, he was President of Dixon Ford Motor Company.  He always took pride in caring for his employee’s and his customers.  Throughout his life he volunteered his time to helping others through his church, the Red Cross, UMCOR, Shriners Tripsters, BCO and other community service organizations.  Bob cared for everyone; he was a kind and caring soul.  He will be remembered for his integrity and as a man that was respected by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Styers Coleman; son, Sterling Coleman; daughter, Sharon Coleman and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank the staff of Stanley Total Living Center and especially the caregivers in the 400 unit who have been like family for the past two years.
Due to COVID-19, burial will be private with a Memorial Service and receiving of friends at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob’s memory to Park Street United Methodist Church, 120 Park Street, Belmont, NC 28012 and/or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia 704-864-5144 is serving the Family.
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Ruby Cook Grant

Ruby Cook Grant passed away peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020 at the age of 82. Born on May 22, 1937 in Gaston County, Ruby was the daughter of the late Joseph Hooker Cook and Lula Grindstaff Cook.

Ruby worked at Belmont Hosiery prior to going to Bell South where she was a customer service representative and operator for over 30 years. She was a longstanding member of Landmark Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by a daughter, Arita Grant Waddell.
Ruby is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Rev. Sanford Edward Grant; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Hope Grant of Gastonia; grandchildren, Jordan Grant and Abigail Grant; brother, Pastor Odell Cook of Belmont.
A service of committal was held privately for the family at Goshen Cemetery in Belmont. Pastor Forrest Hennessee officiated.
Condolences may be sent to the Grant family online at www.mcleanfuneral.com
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Grant family.